American Sublime: The Genealogy of a Poetic Genre
University of Wisconsin Press, 1991 - 337 Seiten
Tracing ideas of the sublime in American literature from Puritan writings to the postmodern epoch, Rob Wilson demonstrates that the North American landscape has been the ground for political as well as aesthetic transport. He takes a distinctly historical approach and explores the ways in which experiences of the American landscape instill desire for other kinds of vastness: self-expansion, national expansion, and American political power. As Wallace Stevens put it, the American will takes "dominion everywhere."
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... I trust , not just enact but help make apparent : bypassing historical guilt or
overindebtedness with a conviction of performative possibility , the sublime
experience of huge natural forces may dwarf and empty the self , but it no less
Contemplations ” presents this recurring experience of transport , suggesting that
for Bradstreet the Puritan conviction of supernal grace ( what Weber calls the self
- conjured “ election ” to a calling that is both worldly and world - denying ) ...
Through such an experience of sublime empowerment , or the passionate tropes
engendered out of that experience , it is as if Whitman has become - or made
himself into , through such language — a fully humanized ( that is , fully ...
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